Ruger Alaskan

Ruger Alaskan

This is a discussion on Ruger Alaskan within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I got to try one at my club a few weeks ago. I loved shooting it. Recall isn't bad. I have a Super Redhawk 454 ...

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    Ruger Alaskan

    I got to try one at my club a few weeks ago. I loved shooting it. Recall isn't bad.

    I have a Super Redhawk 454 in 7.5" but this Snubby has me restless without it.

    Anyone have firsthand experience owning one?


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    No but I do have a Ruger Toklat which has a 5" barrel. I love that gun.

    I've handled the Alaskan and it felt great in hand. It will be a handful with hard-hitting 360gr RNFP round. If you reload, you can find what power level that suites you best.

    I say go for it.

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    Do you find yourself having issue with defense against bears?

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    No first hand experience, but sure wish they were available when I bought a .44 mag SRH with 7.5" barrel. If I got the Alaskan I'm not sure I'd ever shoot .454 in it, probably just shoot hot 45 Colt or go for a .44.

    Finding an acceptable recoil level would certainly be easier if you handload.
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    I have the Alaskan in 44 mag. I enjoy shooting it from time to time. Put 100 through it in an hour the last time out. Had a custom holster made for it to take up into the Supes a few times.

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    Well, I put down a deposit today. It will come on Wednesday or Thursday. I'm excited to try my handloads in it.


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    I have the BackPacker same thing in 44. I have shot a wide variety of loads including top loaded 300 Grain WFN GC cast. That will get your attention. I really like shooting midrange 180 grain XTP and a 270 Grain WFN GC hard cast at 44 special velocity. Mine is carried in a Simply Rugged Pancake holster.

    I like it and carry it mostly in MTB bike or woods walking.
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    Congratulations!

    Yes, I have an Alaskan. I installed an original-style OEM GP100 grip, which is perfect for my hands. I doubt I will ever fire .454 Casull loads; I wrecked my right hand/wrist in the Eighties with too many big-bore Magnums fired from N-Frames, so will limit myself to .45 Colt, mostly fired left-handed. Texas has no grizzlies, and if I travel to Montana, Alaska, etc., will bring a Benelli M2, too.
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    That's my "someday" gun.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    Congratulations!

    Yes, I have an Alaskan. I installed an original-style OEM GP100 grip, which is perfect for my hands. I doubt I will ever fire .454 Casull loads; I wrecked my right hand/wrist in the Eighties with too many big-bore Magnums fired from N-Frames, so will limit myself to .45 Colt, mostly fired left-handed. Texas has no grizzlies, and if I travel to Montana, Alaska, etc., will bring a Benelli M2, too.
    I tried shooting it today until I realized that the sights were not at zero from the factory. They were still way off.

    I am going to "bake a batch" of 454 since I only had 20 rounds of reloads. Shot 20 more of various factory ammo. It's pretty stout with a touch of pepper.

    I looked at the buffalo bore 340 gr. Then I thought the better of it all. I'll stick to it in the 7.5" Super Redhawk


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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    I looked at the buffalo bore 340 gr. Then I thought the better of it all. I'll stick to it in the 7.5" Super Redhawk
    This made me laugh.

    I do want a .454 Alaskan, and I'm pretty sure all I'd shoot is .45. I think that's enough bang to make me happy.

    The next step would be finding an AIWB holster...
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    I thought about getting a 454, then I convinced myself the bears aren't that big around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmordo View Post
    This made me laugh.

    I do want a .454 Alaskan, and I'm pretty sure all I'd shoot is .45. I think that's enough bang to make me happy.

    The next step would be finding an AIWB holster...
    I have a video on my Instagram shooting just a 240 grain 454 one handed. That's pretty damn spicy enough for me. Hahahahaha.


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    There are two approaches to handling the recoil. Allow for recoil or lock down and absorb it. Hickok45 did a nice video on my Toklat and he advised rolling with it. I prefer the other approach. I lock down on the revolver and absorb it.

    The 454 Casull can be a handful, no doubt about it. I have yet to shoot the Underwood 360gr that will be flying out at 1,425 fps. I suspect it will be fairly punishing out of my 5" barrel. I can't imagine it out of a 2.5' barrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiiawiwb View Post
    There are two approaches to handling the recoil. Allow for recoil or lock down and absorb it. Hickok45 did a nice video on my Toklat and he advised rolling with it. I prefer the other approach. I lock down on the revolver and absorb it.

    The 454 Casull can be a handful, no doubt about it. I have yet to shoot the Underwood 360gr that will be flying out at 1,425 fps. I suspect it will be fairly punishing out of my 5" barrel. I can't imagine it out of a 2.5' barrel.
    I'd do it with the Toklat first before I did it de novo with an Alaskan.


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